Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 6)

CAUGHT by Marie Gottschalk
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 7, 2014

"A needed cry for justice, though perhaps unlikely to be heeded in this noisy second Gilded Age."
Of "punitive sentiments and punitive policies"—a searching study of the explosion of American prisons, seemingly one of the nation's only growth industry. Read full book review >
WINNING THE LONG GAME by Steven Krupp
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"For the CEO, actual or aspiring, who hasn't yet lived and thought through strategic forecasting and problem-solving—no worse than most business books but nothing outside the box, either."
A nondescript business book advocating strategic thinking in a time of VUCA, militarese for "an environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity," coined to describe a post-Cold War world of known knowns, known unknowns and so forth. Read full book review >

MORE THAN A SCORE by Jesse Hagopian
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Essays, speeches and interviews also come from students, parents and government officials, providing a comprehensive guide to the pitfalls of standardized testing, with arguments to win over even the most skeptical school reformer."
A collection of writings about and against the educational model of standardized testing. Read full book review >
THE LAST BEACH by Orrin H. Pilkey
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 21, 2014

"The authors deliver a message to be heeded: 'We must view the beach as a sacred and resilient yet strangely fragile natural environment to be protected at all costs.'"
A clarion call for a change of policy that prioritizes the preservation of beaches over property rights. Read full book review >
MANDELA by Christo Brand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A worthy addition to the canon of Mandela literature that details a relationship that many knew about but few truly understood."
After more than a decade as a prison guard overseeing Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), Brand, with the assistance of Mail on Sunday Africa correspondent Jones, chronicles the unlikely personal relationship they built.Read full book review >

AMERICA IN RETREAT by Bret Stephens
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A provocative, carefully reasoned argument, anathema to politicians as disparate as Barack Obama and Rand Paul."
In his first book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal surveys the tumultuous international scene and calls for America to do what great nations have always done: Lead.Read full book review >
FIGHTING BACK THE RIGHT by David Niose
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 16, 2014

"A smart diagnosis, if accompanied by too much wishful thinking."
A well-intended effort to be reasonable with the enemies of reason. Read full book review >
CITIZENS OF THE GREEN ROOM by Mark Leibovich
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Humorous, incisive and very droll."
Amusing and perceptive tales of the political animals in the zoo that is Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A passionately committed environmental activist unearths China's criminal, ongoing policy of resource extraction."
A grim, relentless exposé of the plundering of Tibet's natural resources by China. Read full book review >
PALESTINE SPEAKS by Mateo Hoke
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A sympathetic view of Palestinians not to be mistaken for objective reporting."
An oral history of life in Gaza and the West Bank, obtained through interviews conducted over a period of nearly four years, lets a diversity of Palestinians speak their minds about their situations. Read full book review >
THE GOOD WAR by Jack Fairweather
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A thorough, elegant reassessment of America's 'irresistible illusion.'"
A reconsideration of "how the world's most powerful leaders plotted to build a new kind of nation in Afghanistan that was pure fantasy." Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHEMICALS by William J. Kelly
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A powerful warning that 'a growing cloud of toxins aloft [are] swirling in the winds around the world' and recirculating the pollution we hoped to shed."
A scathing denunciation of how America outsourced its industrial capacity to China, a package that included catastrophic pollution. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >